Breaking News: A Lost Film Returns To The Screen

On Sunday, April 10th, Vancouver’s Van City Theatre will present the forgotten 1920 fantasy film Genuine.

The little-known followup to Robert Wiene’s classic, The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariGenuine is the story of a vampire femme fatale kept by a rich madman.

Produced by Berlin’s Decla-Bioscop company, Genuine has for many years existed only in fragments. Vancouver film maker Mark Oliver, grandson of one of the film’s original producers has taken on the task of painstakingly reassembling all known material to create a new, condensed version.

An opiated journey into a fantasy netherworld, no other film so closely evokes the spirit, (and decadence) of Weimar Berlin. Genuine must be seen to believed!

This special screening will feature live musical accompaniment by The Oliver-Film Ensemble:

Daniel Ruiz-percussion

Marc Wild-Electric Guitar

Matt O’Donnell-Electric Bass & Sitar

Vi-An Diep-Guzheng

Justin Patterson-Loops, Samples & Electronic Percussion




The Oliver-Film Contest-1916

An interesting article from The Moving Picture World, April 1916

Who knew there was interactive cinema in 1916? David Oliver’s Berlin film company reaches out to anyone with an original idea for a movie. The contest is unfortunately closed…for now anyways!

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“Prompted by the idea of raising the standard of films and also with a view towards encouraging the talent in young German writers, the Oliver Film Company has inaugurated a film idea contest.  All ideas received up to the 29th of February, 1916, and which are produced in film during the current year will be paid for upon acceptance with 300 marks. The film must not exceed 1,000 meters and should preferably be divided into three acts, although this last stipulation is not exacting. Books on the rental of these films will be kept and the author whose film will register the highest returns will be rewarded with a prize of 1,500 Marks, the second and third highest with respectively 1,000 Marks and 500 Marks…”

Exile in Denham

A letter from Edith Oliver to the Aliens Department, Home Office. Her husband is now classified an “enemy alien” and is being held in Huyton Interment Camp, Liverpool. Suffering from extreme depression, many of his fellow internees will commit suicide.

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Genuine lives again!

Are you ready for “Genuine”? Vancouver audiences will soon find out on Sunday, April 10th when UFA MAN presents this extremely rare, bizarre follow up to expressionist classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”….Here is the original 1920 poster by famed graphic illustrator Josef Fenneker. The Berlin Marmorhaus cinema was owned by David Oliver who co-produced “Genuine” along with Erich Pommer and Rudolf Meinert. Further details are on the way!Original Genuine Poster Small

“Oliver-Film” on Ebay

These “Oliver-Film” production stills recently came to light in a European collection of film ephemera. I’m trying to connect the dots and establish which films they may have come from. Who out there can identify these mysterious actors I wonder? Any help would be greatly appreciated!s-l1600


Are modern audiences ready for Genuine?

Watch the new trailer for the Oliver-Film Ensemble’s upcoming live performance of this forgotten jewel of German expressionism! Stay tuned for more details…



Genuine StillHans Heinrich von Twardowski and Fern Andra


Film poster for the Marmorhaus, one of David Oliver’s many Berlin cinemas. 

Genuine is a 1920 silent film directed by Robert Wiene. The unsuccessful follow-up to Wiene’s groundbreaking The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film stars the mysterious American actress Fern Andra in the title role as the love slave of a depraved aristocrat. With its weird sets and bizarre costumes, Genuine is a remarkable document from a lost era in film making. Produced by Erik Pommer, Rudolf Meinert, David Oliver for Decla 1920. Music by Mark Oliver. Musicians: Kozue Matsumoto: koto, Vi-An Diep: zheng, Mark Oliver: percussion, bass, electronic strings. Produced by Paul Ruskay at Studio X-Labs, Vancouver

“Caligari” Live at the Fox

Here is a clip from our recent “live screening” event at the Fox Cabaret. Many thanks to all the talented people who made such a great contribution: Marc Wild, Erin Denhartigh, Ethan Belcourt-Lowe, Matt O’Donnell, Daniel Ruiz, Paul Ruskay, Tetiana Zairuba, Beverly Dobrinsky, Justin Patterson and the lovely Athena Theny!!